The boy who sacrificed his dignity to save his shoes.
Sichuan flood reports and photos continue to roll in despite what appears to be a patch of sunshine in Chengdu today.
The floods have killed seven in the province and left five missing, according to Xinhua's latest update. Over 27,000 people have evacuated, and 29,000 households in Wangcong county have been without power since Monday.
Among the fatalities was a giant panda who drowned after being swept into the Min River in Yingxiu. The male panda lived in the wild and was about 10 years old.
Wenchuan's Yingxing Town was hit particularly hard with landslides. In another part of the same county, a bridge snapped in two places, trapping dozens. They were eventually brought to safety by firefighters and rescue personnel.
In Bazhong, flash floods left residents of about 20 households trapped in their flooding homes, including an elderly woman who had to be carried out of her home on her bed by rescue workers.
Amid the tragedy are stories of citizen heroism, like "Compassionate Specs Brother," who became an instant Internet celebrity after photos of him carrying his neighbors through the thigh-high water surfaced online. Chen Minglu was spotted near Yiguanmiao shirtless, with his shorts rolled up, wading through the water with passengers on his back. Observers said he carried children, elderly people, and even a pregnant woman across the water-logged street for two hours. When the water receded, he disappeared quietly.
And then there are the not-so-heroic, such as this fellow, who was caught on camera being piggybacked by his girlfriend through ankle-high water. Netizens surmised she was carrying him so that his new shoes wouldn't get wet.
The photo was posted to Sina's microblogging service Weibo and received over 2,000 comments and nearly 10,000 clicks within hours of appearing. The person who took and posted the photo reported that spectators at the scene applauded the girlfriend until the boyfriend's face turned red.